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Sunday, November 15, 2015

REVIEW: Working for Bigfoot by Jim Butcher

Working for Bigfoot is a fun Harry Dresden short story collection. Comprised of three separate yet interconnected stories, Dresden is first hired by the infamous 'Bigfoot' in "B is for Bigfoot" originally available in the anthology Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron. However, I believe I read it from Jim Butcher's website eons ago.  When Papa Bigfoot's young son, Irwin, attracts the attention of a bully, its up to Dresden to discover the threat and save the day.

In the second story, "I was a Teenage Bigfoot" (originally published in Blood Lite 3), Dresden is once again called to aid Irwin.  Away at an elite boarding school, Irwin has fallen ill for the first time.  It turns out that supernatural forces are at work and Dresden nabs the culprit in the nick of time before Irwin's life force is siphoned to the brink of death.

Lastly, "Bigfoot on Campus", finds Irwin all grown up and a freshman in college.  He's facing some of the same challenges as any college student--classes, sports, and romance.  Irwin is certainly hot and heavy with his first serious girlfriend; too bad neither he nor she knows she's a White Court vampire.  Its a good thing Dresden arrives one more time to run damage control.

Readers can never go wrong with Dresden.  This collection has all the characteristic charm associated with Butcher's Dresden Files--humor, magic, mystery and adventure--while also presenting larger themes concerning the responsibility of fatherhood (i.e. Bigfoot's lack of physical presence in Irwin's life, Dresden's fathers death) and the difficulties of growing up for any kid much less one with supernatural DNA.

As expected, the audio of this collection, masterfully narrated by James Marsters, is utter perfection. I highly recommend this to any fan of the series or for readers and listeners looking for a great story.

Final rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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